Sensory Integration – Bessel van der Kolk
- Sensory integration activities change the areas of the brain most affected by trauma.
- Goal: To get the sensory integration system in the back of the brain that gets disturbed by trauma to regulate itself.
Traumatized kids are easily hyperaroused; tend to be frozen, and upset.
- “All growth occurs in a state of mindfulness” (If children are NOT regulated NOTHING will happen in the way of treatment or healing).
- “Children with histories of trauma are like deer. Deer flee in an instant when frightened. Deer are hypervigilant – always wary of their environment.” – Arletta James
Reading and responding to the cues of another.
“When a child is upset, logic often won’t work until we have responded to the right brain’s emotional needs.” This is called, Attunement, which is an emotional connection. Kids need to feel “felt” before we can problem solve. – Dan Siegel, M.D.
“Neglected people tend to not have much motivation, much excitement, or much pleasure, including pleasure in connecting with others.” Van der Kolk